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    No Nestlé Halloween

    As Halloween is fast-approaching, you may be thinking about what kinds of treats you’ll have available for the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood. Now, maybe you don’t give out treats (the Mom-side of me thanks you for your pretzels, fruit leathers, pencils, stickers, or pennies for Unicef!). But if you do offer candy, you may want to consider keeping Nestlé treats out of your trick-or-treat bowl this year.
    Why No Nestle? A very short synopsis: there has been an active boycott on Nestle since July 7th 1977, stemming from their promotion of breastmilk substitutes (infant/baby formula) over breastfeeding, particularly in under-developed countries. Nestlé continues to violate the WHO (World Health Organization) code by persisting in their marketing of infant formula in places where doing so (instead of promoting breastfeeding) can lead to illness, malnutrition, and death of babies (for reasons such as formula mixed with contaminated water is dangerous, formula is too expensive for many women to purchase, and often gets watered down, resulting in malnutrition). Nestlé also controls much of the bottled water industry (and thus the sources of water) in the United States. (If you’re ready to be frightened by the state of water in our country, I highly recommend the movie Tapped) Nestlé also promotes unhealthy eating through their production and marketing of high-sodium “Gerber Graduates” processed foods to toddlers.
    For more information on the Nestlé boycott, here are some good places to start:
    So, you'd like to try to keep your Halloween Nestlé- free, but not sure which products Nestlé produces? Well… take a deep breath; they’re everywhere (I'd rather not directly link to their site, but if you Google Nestlé, you can find everything they have their name on - and it's a ton)! For the purpose of International Nestlé-Free Week (which runs from October 31st thru November 6th) I’ve created a list, limited strictly to candy.
    List of Nestlé Candies, Chocolates, and Confections:
    100 Grand
    Aero Bar
    Baby Ruth
    Bit O Honey
    Bottle Caps
    Carlos V
    Chewy Spree
    Chewy Sweetarts
    Crunch Bar
    Everlasting Gobstoppers
    Fruit Runts
    Kit Kat (outside of the U.S.)
    Laffy Taffy
    Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
    Mix Ups
    Nestle Milk Chocolate
    Oh Henry! (inside the U.S.)
    Pixy Stix
    Smarties (outside of the U.S.)
    Wonka Exceptionals
    So… Which candies CAN you buy this year?
    My vote is for Fair-Trade Organic Chocolate or Organic Lollipops! Of course, that’s not always practical nor affortable! So, here’s a list of...
    Conventional Candies NOT Produced by Nestlé:
    3 Musketeers
    Almond Joy
    Bubble Yum
    Cadbury Crème Egg
    Cadbury Dairy Milk
    Dove Bar
    Good & Fruity
    Good & Plenty
    Heath Bar
    Hershey’s Kisses
    Hershey’s Special Dark
    Ice Breakers Gum
    Jolly Rancher
    Kit Kat (inside the U.S.)
    Mars Bar
    Mauna Loa
    Milk Duds
    Milky Way
    Mini Eggs
    Mr. Goodbar
    Oh Henry (outside of the U.S.)
    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
    Reese’s Pieces
    Smarties (inside the U.S.)
    Symphony Bar
    Take 5
    Wrigley’s Gum
    York Peppermint Patty
    Thanks for considering participating in Nestlé-Free Week and... Happy Halloween!
    Posted: Oct 28 2011, 09:59 by kelly | Comments (27) RSS comment feed |
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    Selena United States said:

    Selena THANK YOU SO MUCH. As a mom of super allergic kidlet I was getting worried about any peanut free options. We usually do willy wonka candy, smarties, sweet tarts , but the way you finished up with alternatives YAY !!! We trade allergy unsafe candy for allergy free/ along with non food treats and candy won't be a nestle brand !!

    # October 28 2011, 14:31

    nadja United States said:

    nadjaWe shall be giving out fun-size packages of Annie's Organic Bunny Gummies. My kids love them at least.

    # October 28 2011, 15:32

    Serena United States said:

    SerenaThank you for this list. It really helps. I don't want to rain on anyone's shorter-chocolate-list parade, but I recently read this: www.good.is/.../ And, well, if we're boycotting Nestle for good reason, it might be good to go all out with the chocolate.

    # October 28 2011, 15:34

    Lori United States said:

    LoriIronic, that my top ad on the side of this post is about selling Nestle water.....!  Thanks for the list!

    # October 28 2011, 16:43

    Lera United States said:

    LeraThanks for this post.  Also, add Heath Bars to your list of non-Nestle candy . . . they not owned by Nestle!  

    # October 28 2011, 16:57

    kelly @kellynaturally United States said:

    kelly @kellynaturally@Lori - thank you for letting me know! I've been working on that issue since publishing this today.

    # October 28 2011, 16:58

    Liz United States said:

    LizI feel like after reading this article and this one I'm posting I am boycotting all candy except organic local.  So sad.


    # October 28 2011, 17:00

    Liz United States said:

    LizOh, just noticed someone already posted that article.  Sorry for the repeat.

    # October 28 2011, 17:02

    Sarah United States said:

    SarahHow's it work that some of names are ok inside or outside the US but not the other way around? Nestle seriously doesn't have their grubby hands in it on both sides?

    # October 28 2011, 17:58

    Melina Ramirez Mexico said:

    Melina RamirezI would urge you all to read this report


    Before thinking Hersey's is a better option.

    # October 28 2011, 18:12

    Jocelyn United States said:

    JocelynLibby's (canned pumpkin) is a Nestle brand!  Might want to add that to your list for holiday avoidance.

    # October 28 2011, 18:20

    kelly @kellynaturally United States said:

    kelly @kellynaturally@Liz @Serena - Thank you for that link. Personally, we don't eat much candy at home, and when we do, we try to buy only organic & fair trade (coffee as well). But I also realize that we are fortunate to be able to have access to those options; many people don't have that option - particularly around Halloween - when the expectation is to provide a lot of candy for a lot of kids, for a little bit of money.

    It certainly is worth considering though, at any time of year, the impact our decisions and purchases can have on our entire world. Thank you again for sharing the link.

    # October 28 2011, 20:31

    kelly @kellynaturally United States said:

    kelly @kellynaturally@Sarah - that's a good question. In some cases it's a naming issue (some candy, like Smarties, hold the same name, but are entirely different products), in some cases, it's a licensing issue. For example, Kit Kat -  Hershey's holds the license to the name & manufacturing in the US, but it's a Nestle product elsewhere. (info from Wiki en.wikipedia.org/.../Kit_Kat So, in the case of Kit Kat, I don't believe Nestle has any say in the marketing/distribution/sales of the US product.

    # October 28 2011, 20:38

    kelly @kellynaturally United States said:

    kelly @kellynaturally@Lera - I added Heath Bar to the list. Thanks for the tip!

    # October 28 2011, 20:40

    beatriz United States said:

    beatrizwe have boycotted nestle for years. they own EVERYTHING it seems like at times. I miss one of my favorite candies - shock tarts - but it is so worth it!

    # October 28 2011, 23:32

    Luschka United Kingdom said:

    LuschkaOkay, one of you US folks is going to HAVE to send me some non-Nestle Smarties!!! I MISS Smarties!!!

    # October 29 2011, 07:25

    Christine Canada said:

    ChristineYou missed an important one on your list of Nestle products: Coffee Crisp. No pretending that it's not problematic just because it's the good stuff.

    # October 29 2011, 19:11

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    Clare Kirkpatrick United Kingdom said:

    Clare KirkpatrickThanks for this informative post. It's always great to read well-written stuff about the Nestle boycott - so many people don't understand it! I've shared it on my weekly links post today: http://wp.me/p1B5NK-my

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    # October 30 2011, 17:46

    crystal_b United States said:

    crystal_bWait! Is Kit Kat in the US okay? I LOVE Kit Kat, and awareness of the Nestle debacle has certainly put a damper on that love. Somebody help me out.

    # October 30 2011, 18:41

    krissee United States said:

    krisseethey AGGRESSIVELY market infant formula to mothers in poor countries

    # October 30 2011, 21:02

    Taylor United States said:

    TaylorUnfortunately, Kit-Kat is still owned by Nestlé in the United States. Due to certain agreements, they license The Hershey Company  to produce the bar.

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    Taylor United States said:

    TaylorFurther, Rolo is also a Nestlé brand under similar license as Kit-Kat.

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